Not-for-profit’s COVID-19 grief support group will be held third Wednesday of every month; all virtual sessions available for anyone mourning the loss of a loved one

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (April 12, 2021) – Arbor Hospice is continuing to offer virtual grief support groups throughout the spring and summer months for community members experiencing the loss of a loved one.

The ongoing virtual sessions, highlighted by Arbor Hospice’s first COVID-19-specific grief support group, offer the same content as in-person sessions – and individuals can join by phone or computer. Virtual sessions also ensure bereaved individuals and families receive uninterrupted emotional support while protecting their physical well-being, as well as that of Arbor Hospice volunteers and staff.

For more information on individual groups, please visit Arbor Hospice’s Virtual Touch Programs. The following virtual grief support events are scheduled:

Adult Loss of a Parent

  • Tuesday evenings: April 13 through May 18 – 6 until 7:15 p.m.

Living On Grief Support Group

  • Second Monday of the month: April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9 – 6:30 until 7:30 p.m.
  • RSVP to Margie Martin: (734) 769-5821or mmartin@arborhospice.org

Living On: Loss from COVID

  • Third Wednesday of the month: April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18 – 6 until 7:15 p.m.
  • RSVP to Margie Martin: (734) 769-5821or mmartin@arborhospice.org

Living On: Loss of an Adult Child

  • Second Tuesday of the month: April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13 and Aug. 10 – 6 until 7:15 p.m.
  • RSVP to Wes Lawton: (586) 263-8514 or wlawton@hom.org

Living On for Young Adults

  • First Monday of the month: May 3, June 7, July 5 and Aug. 2 – 6 until 7:15 p.m.
  • RSVP to Naomi Avril: (734) 794-5177 or navril@arborhospice.org

Loss of a Spouse or Partner

  • Wednesday afternoons and evenings: April 14 through May 19 – 3 until 4:15 p.m. or 6 until 7:15 p.m.
  • RSVP to Margie Martin: (734) 769-5821or mmartin@arborhospice.org [3 p.m. session] or Gabrielle Cullen: (734) 794-5375 or gcullen@arborhospice.org [6 p.m. session]

Men Overcoming Loss

  • First Tuesday of the month: May 4, June 1, July 6, and Aug. 3 – 6 until 7:30 p.m.
  • Third Tuesday of the month: April 20, June 18, July 20 and Aug. 17 – 6 until 7:15 p.m.

Pages of Grief: Conversations on Books about Loss

  • Fourth Sunday of the month: May 23, June 27, July 25, and Aug. 22 – 3 until 4:15 p.m.

Seminar: Parental Grief

  • Tuesday, May 4 – 1 until 2:30 p.m.

Social Mealtime Group: Working Age Dinner Group

  • First Thursday of the month: May 6, June 3, July 1 and Aug. 5 – 6:30 until 7:30 p.m.

Social Mealtime Group: Dinner Diners

  • Second Thursday of the month: May 13, June 10, July 8 and Aug. 12 – 6:30 until 7:30 p.m.

“More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Arbor Hospice is honored to offer families mourning the loss of a loved one with safe and effective grief support services,” said Karen Monts, grief support services director for Arbor Hospice. “When this pandemic started, we were quick to shift our services to a virtual format, and it has proven to be extremely beneficial for everyone involved. We look forward to continuing to provide these critical bereavement services to anybody who needs them.”

For more information on Arbor Hospice’s virtual grief support groups, please contact Karen Monts at kmonts@HOM.ORG or (313) 578-6326. You can also visit www.arborhospice.org or call (888) 992-CARE.

About Arbor Hospice

Arbor Hospice, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, provides quality, compassionate care for those experiencing life-limiting illnesses throughout Washtenaw County and surrounding communities. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, Arbor offers certified community-based and inpatient hospice services and palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, as well as grief support services and community education programs. Through other NorthStar Care Community members, Arbor also provides pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Hospice of Michigan. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, visit www.arborhospice.org or call 888-992-2273.

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